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Conservatives hold local councils in Kent

The Conservatives, who swept the board in Parliamentary elections in Kent, have also retained control of three borough councils.

In Maidstone, the Conservatives secured victory after winning nine of the 18 seats contested.

The result saw the Tories retain overall control with 28 seats to the Liberal Democrats' 23.

In Swale, 17 seats were contested, with the Conservatives winning 14 and Labour winning three.

It means the Tory party has an overall majority, with 33 seats compared to Labour's ten and three for the Lib Dems.

The political make-up of Tunbridge Wells did not change, with the Tories winning 12 of the contested seats to the Lib Dems' four.

Overall, the Conservatives now have control of 42 council seats compared to six for the Lib Dems.

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